When we started building the project in spring 2020, we were soon asked by many local residents if we would also build a store to save them the arduous journey to Divundu.
The desire to buy basic foodstuffs close to their village became louder and louder. This prompted us to discuss and explore the possibility of a store. In addition, the team was repeatedly asked to make purchases for local residents, as we are the only ones in the area with a car.
The store, which will provide for the basic needs of local residents, is located next to the water point and on the main road between Rundu and Divundu, which is also an alternative for those passing through.
The local team has drawn up a construction plan and has already started building the foundation walls of the store with leftover bricks at the end of 2020.
The further development of the store was delayed again and again due to lack of funds. Nevertheless, the team held on to the belief that the store is necessary and that we can finish it in time. Donations allowed us to keep building the store.
The store will be equipped with a small room with toilet/shower so that the sales staff can sleep there to prevent theft. The sewage shaft has already been completed and the sewage pipes have been laid in the store.
During the vacation season in December, work was slower. Unfortunately, we did not reach our goal of opening the store in December. For the last works we depend on electricity, because the generator needs too much diesel to finish the outstanding welding works.
The responsible foreman of the company Nored was already on vacation in November and not available for our request. So we are forced to wait until the work of the company Nored is accepted again. Nevertheless, we were asked to dig the trench from the transformer station to the store already, which we did. We sincerely hope that during the waiting period the trench will not be filled up again by the downpours.
More or less patiently we waited for Nored to finish the power connection. Phone calls were not answered, mail requests were not answered. After 3 weeks of pushing, Norde sent its workers to make the connection from the store to the transformer station. Finally, Mr. Malasa was able to start the rest of the welding, but the connection alone was not enough....the line had to be put into service first. This again took more than a week. Now, at the end of January, Mr. Malasa can finish his work and we hope that the store can be opened soon.
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